Tomorrow is Eric’s birthday. Birthdays for me are a little bit of a strange thing. I have a hard time with the feeling that you need to buy extravagant gifts to express your love for someone. This was especially hard when Eric and I were first married and money was tight. So we came up with something we like to call “birthday celebration day”. It’s a day focused completely on the person who’s birthday we’re celebrating. It’s all about making that person feel special and loved, without having to spend a fortune.
So tomorrow, our day will look something like this. We’ll let him sleep in. I’ll make him his favourite breakfast when he finally gets up (or the kids can’t wait any longer and they have to wake him up). We’ll maybe go for a walk/hike (hopefully, the weather cooperates!). I’ll make a special dinner (I’m sure if he had it his way it would consist of several different kinds of dessert and no actual dinner food… but we’ll see what he orders!) The day will be all about him and celebrating the things he loves. I know Ella’s super excited about it and I’m sure she’ll be in the kitchen “helping” me. I’m looking forward to the time together.
Eric, I know you don’t love the mushy stuff, but I also hope you know just how much your family loves you. I hope the hugs and kisses and special cards show you that. I hope you hear it when Ella says she loves you to the moon and back again. I hope you see it in the excitement on Tehya’s face when she comes running to the door to greet you when you get home from work. I hope you feel it in everything we do. Thank you for being you. You are an amazing dad. When I was little, we got my dad a mug that said, “Anyone can be a father but it takes someone special to be a dad”. This is you. Special. Amazing. Wonderful. Thank you for supporting me in the business and being able to take my raw images and retouch them so effortlessly. Thank you for being willing to commute an hour and a half each way to work, just so that we could buy a house. Thank you for showing our kids a love of the outdoors. Thank you for being able to understand my quirky needs to create things with yarn and fabric and not cringing when I “add” to my stash. Thank you for loving us. Here’s to another year. I love you. K.